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Parliament has voted in favour to ratify the revised air services agreement between Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase said in a statement to Parliament that the revised agreement was signed between the two countries at the APEC Transport Ministers meeting in Port Moresby on October 6 last year.
He said in May 18-19, 2010, a delegation representing the aeronautical authorities of Australia and PNG met in Canberra to discuss the Air Services arrangements.
After the discussions, a memorandum of understanding was signed replacing the 1998 MOU and all previous understandings relating to international air services between the two countries.
Manase said the capacity entitlements were agreed to both countries and are being utilised for operation of passengers and dedicated freight services on the specified routes under the agreement for designated airlines of each party, which include a total of 3520 seats a week for passenger services and a total of 130 tons of freight a week in each direction.
“Capacity entitlements are negotiated from time to time based on demand as opposed to having open capacity where airlines are at liberty to operate any frequency of flights.
Manase said exchange of traffic rights are being limited to third and fourth freedoms wherein a fifth freedom is granted without traffic rights, which means that airlines are not permitted to pick up or drop off traffic in the immediate and beyond points.
“As a way forward towards liberailisation, PNG does allow multi designation of airlines to operate the agreed services and multi destination in all its air service agreements,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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